Norwalk Experiment, August 18, 1841

Norwalk Experiment

August 18, 1841

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Experiment, The (Newspaper) - August 18, 1841, Norwalk, Ohio [From the Buffalo Commercial Advertiser.] MOST AFPAJLMSG CAXiA-iUITY! Destruction of tlie Stuumbout Grit; jiy Fire, and the loss of Ouc Hun- dred and Seventy Lives! Little did we think yesterday in penning' a brief paragraph in commendation of the Erie, that to-day we should be called upon to record the destruction of that boat, togeth- er with a loss of life unequalled on our own or almost any oilier waters.. The left ilio dock at 10 minutes past 4 P. M. loaded with merchandize destined for Chicago, and, as nearly as can now be ascertained, about two bundled persons, including passeuqers tady. and crew, on board. The boat had been thoioughly overhauled, and although the wiud was blowing fresh, every thing promised a pleasant and prosperous voyage. Nothing occurred to mar this till about S, when the boat was off Silver Creek, about 8 miles from shut e, and 23 miles from this city, when a slight explosion was heard, and im- mediately, instantaneously almost, the whole vessel was enveloped in flame. Capt. Titus, ho vvas on the upper deck at the time, rush- ed to the Ludies Cabin to obtain the Life Preservers, of which there were from 90 to 100 on board, but so rapid had been the pro- gress of the (lames, he found it impbssible to euler tile cabin. He icturned to the upper duck, on his way giving orders to the Engi- neer to stop the engine, the wind and head- way ofthe boat increasing the fierceness of the flames and driving them aft. The Engi- neer replied that in consequence of the flames lie could not reach the engine. Tbe steers- man was instantly directed to put the helm hatd a starboard. The vessel swung slow ly round, heading to the shore, and the boats (there were three on board) were then or- dered to be lowered. Two ofthe boats vcrc lowered, but in consequence ofthe heavy sea on, and the headway ofthe vessel, they both swamped as soon as they touched We vvill not attempt to describe the awful and appalling condition of the passengers, Some were frantic with fear and horror, oth- ers plunged headlong madly into the water, others again seized upon any thing buoyant upon which they could lay hands. The small tV boat forward had been lowered. It was alongside the wheel, with three or four per- V, sons in it, when the captain jumped in and ,f the boat immediately dropped astern filled with water. A lady floated by with a life j preserver on. She cried for help. There t_ i was nu safety in the boat. The caplain S threw her the only oar in the boat. She caught the oar and was saved. It vvas Mrs. Lynde, of Milwankie, and she was the only lady saved. In this condition, the boat a mass of fierce lite, and the passengers ant! crew endeavor- ing to save themselves by swimming or sup- porting themselves by whatever they could wcte found bv the Clinton at about 10 P. M. The Clinton left here in the morning, but in consequence of llic wind had put into Dunkirk. She laid there till nearly sunset, at which time she ran out. and had proceeded as far as Barcelona, when just j at twilight, the (ire of theiVic was discover- ed some twenty miles distant. The Clinton j immediately put about and reached the burn- ing wreck about 10. It was a fearful sight. I All the upper works of the XZri had been J burned away. The Engine vvas standing, but the hull was a mass of dull, red Hame. Tho passengers and crew were lloatm 1 round, screaming in their agony and shriuk- -7 ing for help. The boats ofthe Clinton were i instantly lowered and manned nnd every t -I person that could be seen or heard was pick cd up and every possible relief The Lady, a little steamboat lying at Dun- kirk went out of that harbor as soon as pos- sible, after the discovery of the fire, anti arrived joon after llie Clinton. It vvas not thought by the sutvivors that she saved any. By 1 A. M. all was still except the dead crackling of the fire. Not a solitary individ- ual could be seen or heard on the wild wasle of waters. A line was then made fast to the remains of the EriCs rudder, and an effort made to low the hapless hull ashore. About this time the Chautauquc came up and lent her assistance. The hull of the Erie vvas lowed within about four miles of the shore, when it sunk in eleven fathoms water. By this time it was daylight. The lines were cast off. The Clinton headed for this port which she reached abuut (i o'clock. who are saved, several arc badly burned, but none 'ire dangerously injured so far as we have heard. 'i j rl We annex u list of the lost and saved so fur as we have been uble to ascertain. LOST.' M. Camp, Hartisbuigli, I'a. Willett Weeks, Brooklyn. John C. Pool, New York city. E. S. Cobb, Ann Arbor, fllicli. Otto Torp, N. Y., wife and three children. Llovd Gelston, Erie, Clerk. Mr." Steward ofthe boat. Mrs. Giles Williams, Chicago. Charles J. Lynde, Milwaukie. _ Watts S. Lynde, Homer, N. Y. Mrs. Win. H. Smith and child, Schenec- A. Sears, Phillip Barbiet, Henry Weaver, Win. Peter Finncy, painters, Buffalo, in the employ of Win. G. Miller. Miss A. Miller, Buffalo, sister of Wm. G. Miller. J. D. Woodward, New York. Wm. Gisfin, Mississippi. D. S. Sloan, Geneva. F. Stow, Canada. Wm. Sackelt, Michigan. Mrs. Spencer and two children. Mrs. Dow. Mrs. Robinson, Ballston Spa, N. Y. Miss Robinson, do do Miss King, do do. Mr. Moore, lady and two children, from Yales Co., moving to Michigan. Orin Green, Rtishville, Yati-s Co. Uoome Button, from near Fort Plain. Clerics S. Mather, Mt. Clemens, Mich., has got a family at that place. List of iss passengers shipped by Messrs P. L. Parsons Co. THE EXPERIMENT. Wednesday Aniust IS, IS41. DcinocnUic County Convention. The Democratic Electors of Huron County me reqmMed to meet in their re- townships on SATURDAY, tlic 4th day of September nest, ami appoint Uelejjatescorreji- ponding the number of in to utlend a County Convention, tu be holden at the CourMIon-e. iu Norwalk. on Saturday, the lltil SuptL'inlM-'r next, at K o'clock. lur ttiu purpo-e of puttini: in nouiination suitable In lie supported at the Octo- her election, .Hid tu transact Mich other an may be deemed to the furtherance of correct Tbe llelejales from Krie coiintv- are requested lo meet with us at llie, lime and place above men tioned, fnr tne of nominating a Kepresen ative to ihe Slate JOHN Tirrr, .M. STONE. W.M. P. PAUKEK, j. ji. rAKii. County Corresponding Commiitee. U" We luve often had occasion to notice mid point out the glaring incon-Utencies and absurdities manifested by tlie leaders of tbe whip party at Wash- ington. They seem scarcely to make a movement but w bat n conlradic-ed by former professions. Ifo merchant or farmer (claiming himself rich) should -ive away a thousaud dollars became he had no u-e for ii, and then should immedntely mortgage his farm and lands to raise a like amount, or call upon his friends to assist him by their a nun. if not accounted deranged, w ould at least be thought the "tallest" specimen of folly and impru- dence witnessed. Or, to lake another illu-tra- tion: The county of Huron, ever since its tence. has been ill debt. Suppu-e, at their nest .March session, thu should distribute to the inhabitants of each township five thousand dollar-, and at Ihe same session levy a lav. lo dclra} j ihe expense of this ill-advised generosity. What would be thought of the conduct' of Mich officers I How soon would Ibe people meet in their primary assemblies and denounce thi- outrage upon their vv a-tilig of their utiuere- "The. following is the number of Jurors appor- tioned to each ion I'roiison, Cl.irk.field. Fitchiille, 1'airfield, Greenfield. (irccnvvirh, 1 Initialled. nne. ew Ijondon, orwalk. Geo Zueglcri-V family, G JohnFlang' Ii Martin Xulgcn Geo. Rettenger JJ Geo. Christian 5 Geo. JSeigold 7 A M. Reibold Geo. Steinman 2 Peter King '2 L. Gilling 3 Peter Schmidt 1 John Netzell 1 P. Scheider it family, 5 J. Newmingcr 4 S. Schapler 54' U. Filling 2 Mr. Obens 1 J. Ivonen 1 C. Durler 1 Mr. Lithhold family, 5 A C. Dciichtrick 2 C. Wilbur G C. Palmer 5 J. Catghum 5i 0. Mulliman I! C. Killerman 1 C. Mimch friend 2 Destination. Akron, 0. Cleveland, Dover, 0. Massiilion, O. Chicago. Origin of the the passen- gers on board were si.v painters iti the employ of Mr. G. Miller of this city, who were going to Erie to paint the steamboat Madi- son. They had with them demijohns filled with spirits of turpentine and varnish, which, unknown to Captain Titus, were placed on the boiler deck directly over the boilcre. Mintch -vas recently from Europe, and left his family in this city. lie was on his way west to secure land for ultimate settle- ment. This list comprises the names of 87 per sons; as it is to nass children at half price, tlie whole number in this list must litivu reached one hundred souls. Only four persons of the whole, including Durler and three others nhosc names nc could not learn, tvere saved. SAVED. We are indebted to Air. Gibson, Clerk nl tho Do Witt Clinton, for the tallowing list of persons saved by that burned. James Loverly, do. Hiram passenger. Dennis AIcBrtilc, 1st mate. Theodore Sears, painter. Edgar Clemens, 1st engineer. Son of T. W. lieebec, Cleveland. Harrison Forrester, Harbor Cieel., Pa. Thos. Quinlin, Middlefield, Mass. Three German passengers, badly burned Robert Robinson, colored man, barber. ------Johnson, do M cook. J. 11. St. John, passenger to Chicago. C. Hope, do badly burned Win. Wadstvorth, one of the bands, Erie Alfred 0. Wilkeson, East Euclid, Ohio. Hughes, mate. Luther B. Scarls, fireman. Thos. .7. Tann, Piltiford, iN. Y. John Wincbel, Buffalo. Giles Williams, Chicago. Capt. Titus, captain of boat. Mrs. Lyndc, MiUvaukic. Christian Durler, Holmes Co., Ohio. Rice, Hydraulics, Buffalo, badlj burned. Another Patriot in this towi on Saturday last, PETER CUNRADT, i soldier of the Revolutionary War, in tin Soth }cur of his age. Mr. Conradt had fo a long time been a resident of this and for several years received a pension, fo pneoftliefiremen, who al limc ..triC( had occasion to go on the deck, aim seeing Tho pcnsion roceivcd ,la the demijohns, removed them. They were replaced, but by whom is not known. Im- mediately previous to the bursting forth of the flames, as several on board have assured us, a slight explosion- was heard. The demi- john? had profaahly burst with the heat, and their inflammable contents, taking fire in- stantly communicated to every part of the boat, which having been freshly varnished caught as if it had been gunQgndcr. '-5 ,t Not a paper nor an article of any kind was saved. Of course it is impossible to give a j., complete list of those on board. Of cabin passengers Capt. Titus thinks there were i ji between 30 and 40, of whom 10 or 12 were ladies. In thestrjcrage were about 140 pas- J sengurs, nearly all of whom were Swiss and ;.'j German immigrants. They wire-mostly in families with tho usual proportion uf men, women and children. The heart bleeds at ri the thought. t' j It is a singular coincidence that the Erie 'rv. was burned at almost identically the same spot where the Washington was burned in is .Tune, 1838. Capt. Brown, who commanded the Washington at that time, happened to bo t on board the Clinton, and was very active in living the survivors of the Eric. inadequate to the support of himself an those dependant upon we regn. the fact, that the last years of his cxistenc were still more, uncomfortable, by the chill ing effect of poverty, and that ho was oblige to resort to the most servile drudgery, t procure the necessary means of subsistence The day on which he died he had been la boring in the harvest-field, for daily wages Being quite overcome with tho heat of th day and the fatigue of his labor, he set ot for. his place of residence, and was soon al tctwards found dead in the road leadin thereto. A coroner's inquest was held, an we understand "he return of the Jurors to h "Death by the visitation of God." The dc ceased had ever remained a firm, unwaver- ing democrat, and sustained the cnviabl rcputalion of being an honest man. [Fonda (N. Y.) Herald. One. of the man Government to keep the light house at Ke West having committed a great outrage, coi tra bonus, mores, has been tarred anil featl cred by the people of Key West, and ship ped for Washington in a pilot boat, to lay ii case before Secretary Ewing. [Flor. Papc Xew Haven, Noru ich, 'eru, Kiplev. Richmond, Sherman, i lit BANKRUPT LAW. The federal Journal at Columbus, the Reflector, J other kindred print-, are engaged in abusing id endeavoring to bold up lo ridicule the members of Congress for their vote e llankrnpt law. Tor this they are denounced as e opponents of the poor man, and a thousand o- er epithets beslowed upon them, with a view to nderthem o.diousin the eje- of community. A refill examination of this matter, however, vvill lallgo the aspecl of the whole affair, and show esc federal calumniator' who are the bank ari- cral-, and who poor man'- friend. ere not a Dankrupt law by [lie Sen.ile ki-I who then oppo-ed it.' We answer, ese same wings who am now liuKling of their eat benevolence and humanity. And why did e federalist- oppose the measure then ils prov isions, it included Wh} re the democratic parly oppo-ed lo the present nkrnpt law T We answer, for the -ame at thev were ill favor of the law pa--ed at Ihe li-l -ion of Congress. It eiempts lljnks and cor orations from its operations. The democratic lotto is, "cqml and exact justice to all." Under ic present bill, a pnv.ite individual, fnr certain tin nmeralcd acts, niiiv be declared a bankrupt. His roperly ma} then be seized by ain old lo pay his debts. A Bank, however, in the o iniiui of the fed-, is too sacred lo bo thus dealt with 'her may suspend payment, shut their door.s, a: id defiance lo their creditors. Now, we have je o learn the reason of this difference, and vv by a inn ied institution ought not to be subjected lo the sain aw s, and entail upon es the same penallie T wrong doing, as individuals. Include corpora ion-, and we are for :i bankrupt law heart and ham -but without this-alntary provision nc, ill con: lion w lib our friends, believe it rank nml foul injiis ice. And here we may remark, that should nbank npt kivv, carefully guarded, operate upon the. bunk llg institutions of the country, it would tend, mon lian any other measure, to re-lore to healthy aclioi iie present di-ordered state of the currency. Ii rose these miserable -having -bops, n Indian. low Hooding the country with their worthless irre ectiiablc trash, would be immediately closed, am 10-0 only which are b.i-ed upon solid capital couli iidiire tlie crisis. Give Us such a law, and vv honld bear no more about a Fiscal w oil I 101 bn thought of. Hut if the feds lire sincere i leir regard for the (iiiur, nml if limy .1 re adopted which will once more reipiiru the bank o their duly, and redeem their promi-cs, U hem go with us on this subject, and place each il hvidual, and every interest, great and upoi he same footing, and with n-. say, "let justice Ii lone, though tbe heavens fall." IT-DURAL IIYPUCKISV. If _ny thing were naming to prove ihe hypocri- md conscious guilt of the federalists, in regard t heir promi-cs before election nnd their praciic .'nice, it may be found in the following annoiine iicnt, made b) ihe l.i-t Reflector, of (he appoiiitmci nfCnl. Jeiiney to the Po-t OlFce iu this village. it dors not carry very Compunction i fear of telling ibe whole truth, and consequent conviction of double w must confers we know not ibe import and arrangi ment of words. Here it i-, read coul he shorter, or sweeter, (to or more llarmlc' lo the casual "OlsADIAlUr.NNUV his been appointed Po Master or this village, in place of Hiram K. Slcele Could any tiling be more modest and ng I Their readers lire apprised ihat 3Ir. Jenlio is appointed Post Mn-ter, but how the vacancy o cnrrcd to enable him lo receive the (whether by the III-.ITH, resignation, or nF.nov.vt. .Mr, Sleele.) i- to them a scaled book, and many Ibeir deluded followers will probably neter eume the knowledge of ihe f.irl thai .Mr. Stecli: wa- HI IVnil In make room for parli-.i a reward fur his political staling tl whole facts, the hoiic-l portion of their party mig have been let! to reflect that this course of condii did not tally with their before electiu Ileuce the f upprcs-ioii. lint a- the federali-ls o taincd power through fraud and deception, it i- fn to presume that the same policv vv ill be continued retain it. We neither envy them their position their ill-pollen spoils. Hj' Or all the political tergiversations which vv have ever n-ilne-ued, the one in the last Reflect' caps tbe climax. We refer lo their publication a letter vv-riitcn liy Amos Kendall, in the right and duty of removal fiom office in ccrta justification of their onn indUcrimina and unhallowed for sake! Ixl it be borne in mind lhat4bc Iteflector publi-lu this self same letter before election, arcompatiie vyitli ilia most terrible nnclbainas for its unheard and odious lus author, too, was assail with all the epithets in the vocabulary of billing gale. So far did their spleen cany them, that Ib oven denied to Mr. Kendall one nng> mleemin quality. But now- they qilole. him with alacrity jiistify their own h.i-e and h> pocritical 0, O, federalism -arj laiitig of their indn-lrv f On such a subject, we apprehend, there would be no division. .Men of all parties would unite in hurling uuwortliv servants from their high Atroeioiw awl ab- surd as such conduct certainlv would be, vet this v cry game is now- being practiced by Ibe w big lead- er-, at vviih an exli.m-lcd they first give tvvelllv-live thou-alid lo ihe widow of Hell, lllirri-on. and then di-- unto anmiallv three million-of the proceeds of ihe itdic laud-, he-ides other appropriation-, and itins eale a deficit. How- is tin- deficit to be supplied! hv, at Ihe same session, they create a National cbl of twelve millions, and rai-o the TaruTh) atld- g an ad valorem duty of -JO per cent, upon Ibe L-cc-saiies of life. Ye-. -0 per rent, upon Tea. oll'ee. Sugar, every other article i- heretofore gone duly free. Whv, inav our re.i- -TS well a-k, if it was thu- to impo irdens upon articles-o miieb needed bj tho poor, o they thus -cpiander the N'ltion.d Treasure Was is ihe reform promi-ed before tlie election iMu-t e p.iv '.'II pern-ill, more for onrteti, order to afford mean- for onr-ervauls at Wa-h- "loii to make i-KEsi MS' I'or this pnrpo-e, loo, tut a National Debt be, and our diildicn ear ils burdens. We only wish that this subject light lie thoroughly tbe reasons fnr ic-e unusual measures might be 1 ertain we are, that no reflecting mind (unless ought body and by the married power, or cap- vated wilh thefcdcraladage.that 'a National Debt s a national but vv hat vvill repudiate Ihe-e ncoiL-istclil mea-nrc.s, mid eiilerhis prote-t ai'niu-t tleh mad schemes of federal n-nrpr.lioii. flip The federalists are tickling themselves nngll- ily, because wheat bears a higher price this ban last. They give all ihe credit of it to the ad- lustily upon the funuur- tu see vbat has been done for them. Tliuy don't -top 0 eilipiire tile cause. It is enough that it beals a libber price this your than llicj areso per- fectly stupid that they suppose, ihe farmers can ea- sily be made lo believe Ihul il i- all owing lo the e- ection of "Tip mid Tj." Ill their anxiety to give all the credil of the )f wheat to ihe ndministralioli, they entirely over- ook- the fact, that they charged upon Ibe stump and through tbe press, last jear, and succeeded in m.ik- ig hundreds of tlie honest and unsuspecting vco- malin' of the conntrj believe il, that tho from our revolutionary fathers. Let Uie'fedcralwts call us what they Icvcllen', robbers, no matter go in for And Ihe more this subject is examined and investi- gated, the more strongly, as right and proper, will it commend itself to the faior and adoption of tlie American people. By the way, the N. V. Evening has a very happy Int upon tlw course which tlio are pursuing relative to the deteimiiiation of repeal a- v OK ed by the democrats. All can bear testimony lo the justice and felicitium le of the hit. It is as follows: "In the recent ho-tilitii-s between the Engli-h and the Chine-e. the warriors of the Crle-lial Empire hung out lanterns in the form of grim faces, drag- ons, anil other ilglv figures, to alarm the barbarian-. Tlis bank parly in ibis country copy the Chinese modi: of warfare, and are fighting tht repeal linn w iih nil kinds of hideous de-criptions ofthe de- mocratic party. Thi Kngli-h captured the Boguo forts, iiorwilhstandius the Ubme-u lantern-: and we apprehend that the charter of the new bank, which is lo ho defended in a like malim-r, hardly stand a longer siege. "The wlngpn-'ss i" profu-e of abusive epilhets applied in tlio-e who talk of repealing the charter; di-orgaliir.ers. levcller-.jatolnu-, contract destructives, are but mildleims in couipari-on to some n hich thev have heard that noi-e said Ihe It- THE'FIRST-FALL GOODS. IN MAJIKET. OLD CASH ORE ITS now receiving and opening, direct from the jl great Commercial Eporiutn of the the largest and Goods ever brought into the Western of every variety ot- DRY GOODS. GROCERIES, CROCKERY, HARD- WARE, IRON, STEEL, JS'AILS, BOOKS, STATIONARY, It deemed wholly unnecessary to be more par-- licnlar in ilw enumeration of tliejjjodi. In fact. would be to the purpose of and all know that we hav e nothing of the U'md among It is eno'ish In say lhal the are on band, mid their QIMLITVand CHEAl'NESS are with- out a parallel in the history of Western trade. In Ibe spring, the Old deal: out goods to its customers 2O per cent, cheaper than ever be- fore. It is now prepared to do STILL BLTTbK. bv tbC-iti, vvilh an large tu se- lect from. In this there is no boast. CM id--pe. It is an old adage, that, "the proof of the Wolverine in the Table, to In-ctimpani be sure, but the comiiinnitv.liy ibis time, have come jirelty well to ulidcrstaud their meaning." f J Tlie balaineof onropiniou is, lhatlbeday i-jiast vvbell thev can frighten .my one. "THi: PUNITEXTIAKV IS CLAIMING ITS rnrrillgloll, Pre-ideut of thai swin- dliiur. -hop, llie Uink. has been convicted nf fiirging bills of cidiange to u very large amount, j nnd sentenced lo hard labor in the Penitentiary for fiiiirtei-n veats. "Verily, the way of the tran-gres- j -or is hard." Hut nabobs and bank Pii-sideiltii do not often gel cauaht in tin- way. They, being big li-h. um-t generally manage lo scape the punt-b- meiit due their the liltle who are angels to them iu purity.and virtue. Ivan- lo sulFi-r for every offence, mi matter bow trill llg. We are pleased to notice Ibo ca-e of Mr- P. a i an I cxcept'tun I" -ihe gent-nil rule in tire adniinisinvtiun of jns'ice. lint ibe law s are still v ioliileil, and jus- tice We linvc no doubt there an-hun- dreds and hundreds of batik officer- now running at large, who. had they their ju-t deserts, would -IKIII be keepiny coinpativ with Mr. r.iiriug- loii. Let lus iinfoituii.ite example be u w.iruiug to them._______________ RI.I.IU is COIIMI TO Tin. llo-- Ion Morning Po-t has risen one cent on n pound, and ten twoeciils, ill consequence of Ihe new-, of llic liinlf bill pa-ing the llon-e. .Mo- las-es, sugar and salt vv ill al-n ri-e. laborer-, look out fur another li-e when it the So we go under ibis reform administration. MORI: or TiTiTswiMiLKits. The fi'ds insist that banks ulid Irani: officers are individuals cannot lie trusted. Hence banks, rather than imlividtnls, foi iu the mn-t-afe places for depo-itiug the revenues of tlie colintrv. How overstrung iheir faith may have been in this o- piiiion herelofore, we should snpiioso ihnt it uiti-t lie neatly elhan-Ied by this lime, from llie almost dailv. INV, hourly, mciirrciice are hereby notified, that the Taies lev ied for 1 current vear ureas follow-, Tor Canal, and School purposes, 5 Mills on the dollar. Tor County purpn-es, do do School" do 3 do do llridge